House Call: Fitness Resolutions: Gearing Up for the New Year

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Engaging in a fitness routine helps prevent disease, builds self-esteem and serves as a great method for stress management.

Therefore setting a fitness resolution for yourself in the New Year can prove extremely beneficial to your well-being.

It is important to be specific when setting your fitness goals, including the three main aspects of fitness—cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training.  Setting a generic, open-ended fitness goal often sets individuals up for failure.

It is also important to set realistic fitness goals for yourself.  Choose exercises that you enjoy and commit to a goal.  Exercise can be fun if you find activities that you like.  For example, social butterflies might want to try group exercise classes and those who like to dance might enjoy Zumba or other dance-oriented exercises.

When approaching a fitness goal in the New Year, do not have an “all-or-nothing” mentality.  Busy schedules and unexpected events throughout the day can disturb your normal exercise routine; therefore it is important to be flexible.  Maintain a “something-is-better-than-nothing” focus. Also, do not be afraid to change-up your fitness routine; this can keep you interested while also training different muscles of the body.

Before beginning any exercise routine, it is always important to consult with a healthcare professional to approach fitness in the safest, most beneficial way.  Cone Health Network has an exceptional team of healthcare professionals dedicated to educating the community about fitness and how to safely incorporate it into their lifestyles.

Spokesperson Background:

Becca Jones is the wellness coordinator for Cone Health, and has served in this position for five years.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2002, and earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama in 2007.